(Sunday) 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
This monthly program on second Sundays is aimed at bringing together the members of the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to explore the park’s beautiful trails. This month’s
This monthly program on second Sundays is aimed at bringing together the members of the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to explore the park’s beautiful trails. This month’s 1.2-mile round-trip walk explores the Kīpukapuaulu area.
This 1.2 mile (1.9km) loop trail reveals a story of struggle and survival for some of Hawai‘i’s rarest plants and animals.
This walk will take you through a “Kīpuka”, an area of older vegetation surrounded by a more recent lava flow from Mauna Loa.
Of interest: A unique biological diversity of rare plants, birds, insects, very old-growth forest of koa and ōhi‘a trees.
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance and hiking time: 1.2 mile (1.9km) loop, 1.0 – 1.5 hours.
- Distance from Visitor Center to trailhead: Approximately 5.0 miles (8.0km). South on Highway 11, turn right on Mauna Loa Road and travel 1.5 miles (2.4km) to the Kīpukapuaulu parking area.
- Trail begins at the Kīpukapuaulu parking area. The trail is a dirt path with gentle inclines and declines. Note: dogs, horses and bicycles are prohibited on this trail.
- Bring: Water, hat, sunscreen and rain gear. Be prepared for sometimes hot, wet or windy weather conditions.
Be aware that concentrated SO2 gasses (sulphur dioxide) and sulphur fumes from Halema‘uma‘u Crater can be dangerous for those with heart or respiratory conditions.
Restrooms (pit toilets) are available nearby at the picnic area.
This event is presented by the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Program cost is FREE for Friends members. Non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to attend. And, of course, additional donations are always accepted. Park entrance fees apply.
All attendees must be a current Friends Member. If you are not a member, you may register at checkout
Tickets are not available for sale any more for this event!